Last night as we saw, Verlander and the Tigeres defeated the Yankees 2-1 to take a 3-0 series lead in the ALCS. So, with this you’re asking how alive are the Yankees world series aspirations? They are less alive than a Dodo bird. Verlander definitely didn’t have the best movement on his pitches last night, but he still was able to hold the Yankees to three hits over eight and a third. Also, the Nunez homerun in the ninth was his first earned run allowed in his last 23 innings.
For some reason, with runners on first and second in the ninth, Joe Girardi had Ibanez bat against Phil Coke. To give you an idea of how bad it is to have Ibanez bat against a lefty, just about any abled person in the stands would have hit Coke better. (and they’re Tigers fans, they’d try to strike out!) If only Girardi had a switch hitter on his bench to pinch-hit for Ibanez….
Anyway, tonight the Yankees will hope to salvage and have the fanbase pretend they can bring the series home. But honestly, Yankee fans are probably already dialed in to the Giants (or Jets) football seasons. Sabathia will pitch the Yankees into this game, and continue pitching until his arm falls off, but considering he’s probably their best hitter right now and he won’t bat is probably not helping the Yankees’ situation.
How can Girardi win? First, have CC bat. He’s a career .238 hitter sure, but all you need is Scherzer confused enough on one pitch, throw a fastball, and have CC crush a homerun. Second, start Swisher and A-Rod, and remove them when Scherzer is taken out. The Yankees have shown they can’t manufacture runs, and Scherzer has a high HR%, so take your chances that you’ll hit a homerun and have CC do the rest.